Scores

Final

W Michigan 3

(2-3, 1-1 MAC)

N Illinois 38

(3-2, 1-0 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, October 3, 2009

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 0 3 0 03
NIU 7 14 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 135 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 22 CAR, 132 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. White (WMU) - 6 REC, 81 YDS

N. Illinois 38, W. Michigan 3

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Chad Spann rushed for three touchdowns while quarterback Chandler Harnish threw for another on Saturday as Northern Illinois opened its Mid-American Conference season with a 38-3 victory over Western Michigan.

The Huskies (3-2, 1-0) never trailed after opening the game with a 74-yard scoring drive. Harnish and wide receiver Nate Palmer combined on a 33-yard touchdown play.

Spann, who rushed for 132 yards on 22 carries, scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards in the second quarter.

On the opening play of the third quarter, strong safety Patrick George intercepted Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller and returned the ball 32 yards to the Bronco 12. Two plays later, Spann scored his third TD and 10th of the season on a 5-yard run.

Western Michigan (2-3, 1-1) was limited to a 40-yard John Potter field goal in the second quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WMU
NIU
1st Downs1520
Total Yards251390
Passing178135
Rushing73255
Penalties1-96-30
3rd Down Conversions5-146-14
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers40
Possession23:0736:53

Passing Leaders

Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller18/351765.003
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish9/151359.010

Rushing Leaders

Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
West14543.9012
Burdi11414.0010
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spann221326.0320
Brown15885.9026

Receiving Leaders

Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
White68113.5039
Arnheim5499.8015
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Palmer24120.5133
Skarb13333.0033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWMUNIU
TD10:31Nathan Palmer 33 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERWMUNIU
FG14:13John Potter 40 Yd 37
TD07:53Chad Spann 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 314
TD01:17Chad Spann 20 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 321
THIRD QUARTERWMUNIU
TD13:28Chad Spann 5 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 328
FG03:59Mike Salerno 22 Yd 331
FOURTH QUARTERWMUNIU
TD14:47Jake Coffman 79 Yd Interception Return (Mike Salerno Kick) 338